Tips for improving wellbeing at work

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There are a raft of subtle changes that you can make to your working patterns to ensure you are protecting your wellbeing, whether working at the office or remotely.

It may sound obvious but, when it is your lunch break, make sure you really do take a rest by stepping away from your desk. It is all too easy to continue eating with one hand and to carry on typing with the other. And when you are working remotely, it can be even more tempting to not pause for a break at all.

However, if you do step away, you will likely return to your desk feeling physically and mentally refreshed and recharged, which will also help to increase your productivity. Likewise, make sure to take regular short breaks throughout the day.

Prioritise

‘The importance of prioritising your wellbeing in a professional sense should not be underestimated,’ says Lee Owen, director at Hays specialising in Accountancy and Finance.

‘Taking regular breaks from the screen, having a proper lunch break and implementing healthy boundaries when it comes to your workload are all effective ways of looking after yourself.

‘While it can be tricky to put your wellbeing first during particularly busier and challenging times at work, it is crucial for avoiding burnout, building resilience and improving your productivity in the long run.’

Friendship

Maintaining friendships and strong relationships in and out of work are incredibly important for wellbeing.


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By building and maintaining friendships, trainees are likely to feel they have someone to turn to for support during or after a tough day, while also just making work and leisure time more fun and enjoyable.

With tight schedules and heavy workloads, it can often feel as though there isn’t a lot of time to socialise and get to know colleagues on a personal level during the working week. If that is the case, try to suggest regular social events to give you a chance to get to know colleagues outside of work, away from work distractions. By building work-based friendships, you are more likely to feel comfortable turning to a colleague for support if you are feeling overwhelmed, reducing the impact on wellbeing.

When an employee feels comfortable enough to talk to their managers about any factors affecting their wellbeing, they are far more likely to be able to find solutions.

You could suggest regular one-to-one meetings to create an opportunity for frequent communication between managers and employees. If you are meeting a manager on a weekly basis, it will become more comfortable for conversation to steer away from projects and deadlines, and towards wellbeing and anything that may be impacting it.

Exercise

Never underestimate the importance of exercise. You can even consider trying to bring exercise to the office by setting up fitness challenges for your teams that can be easily tracked through their phones.

For example, a competition to see who can walk the most steps in a month or, if you are a slightly more active team, it could be a distance goal for running or jogging in the month. This gives you and your colleagues a goal to work towards, but also allows colleagues to spur each other on and reap the wellbeing benefits. Likewise, consider a gym membership even if it is not a work perk.


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This article was first published in Student Accountant in April 2024 | Get the SA app now

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